The Golden Knights were able to lure one of the league's biggest fish in the free agency pond their way, as they signed centre Paul Stastny to a 3-year, $19.5 million deal. Stastny was supposed to be in the mix for a return to the Winnipeg Jets, but it looks like some cap constraints kept that deal from being done, so off he went to the Western Conference champs, signing on for the next few years.
Stastny split time between St. Louis and Winnipeg last season, getting dealt at the trade deadline to boost the Jets' chances at playoff success, but they ended up falling short to the Golden Knights in the Conference Finals. In the regular season, Stastny played in all 82 games, scoring 16 goals and 53 points, ranking him 86th among all forwards in scoring.
The addition of Stastny gives the Golden Knights some much-needed depth down the middle and at 32 years old, he brings just enough experience and veteran leadership to this team, without sacrificing too much in the age department.
|Paul Stastny||6.500||Brayden McNabb||2.500||Marc-Andre Fleury||5.750|
|Tomas Tatar||5.300||Nate Schmidt||2.225||Malcolm Subban||0.650|
|David Clarkson||5.250||Nick Holden||2.200|
|Jonathan Marchessault||5.000||Deryk Engelland||1.500|
|Reilly Smith||5.000||Jon Merrill||1.375|
|Cody Eakin||3.850||Griffin Reinhart||0.800|
|Ryan Reaves||2.775||Brad Hunt||0.650|
It's a slightly different looking Golden Knights team, in the early part of the off-season and it's hard to say whether or not it's for the better just yet. Some key names are off their roster list and they've only made a couple of additions to their side, so far. The Golden Knights still have plenty of room left underneath the salary cap, $19.2 million or so, which suggests that they could be far from done in this off-season.